Nov 212014
 

Thanksgivin 6 Incredible Thanksgiving Centerpieces

The Thanksgiving table has a very important job. For one special day, it hosts treasured recipes while families gather around and marvel at it’s bounty. Share your thanks this year with a beautiful centerpiece inspired by nature.

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Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Blooming Homestead

White painted pumpkins, shining silver & frost-tipped pine cones adorn a wooden table runner in this Rustic Fall centerpiece.

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Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Pinterest

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Nov 172014
 

Gift Guide student blog Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Student

Whether mastering your ABC’s or getting your Master’s Degree, learning is hard work at any age. This holiday season, treat your favorite student to slick gifts that are both pleasing and practical.

The Younger Years (ages 2-12)

To the blossoming young student, everything is exciting and new. Encourage their growing minds with these smart gift ideas:

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Nov 132014
 

holiday todo1 Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays with these Crime Stopping TipsHoliday menu planned? Check.
Christmas tree decorated? Check.
Cards mailed? Check.
Gifts wrapped? Check.

We painstakingly coordinate our holiday, fretting down to the last perfectly placed candy cane as we eagerly await the deluge of family and friends that rotate in and out of our home from mid November through the New Year. What we don’t always plan for is the unwelcome guest — the Thief.

Criminals love the holidays. Christmas trees are lit up like beacons that scream: “Hey! Bad guy! The expensive stuff is here, right under this huge window for easy access!”

Even worse is the absence of any light. If your house sits in the dark on a street full of twinkling lawn ornaments, it sends a clear message: “Hi, Mr. Thug? My house is pitch black because I’m out of town visiting the in-laws. But you already know this because you saw my teenager’s social post that we’d be 2,000 miles away for the next 4 days, right? Awesome.” Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

14 ways header2 14 Inspiring Ways to Make Your Home Sparkle with Holiday Lights

The jack-o-lantern is still on the porch and you haven’t even finished eating the good candy out of your Halloween loot — but Christmas jingles are already showing up in advertising. Are you ready to start stringing your holiday lights? This year, don’t feel limited by what you’ve always done in the past. With just a few products — maybe ones you already own — you can establish new traditions in your holiday decor with extraordinary lighting designs.

What’s Your Holiday Lighting Style?

For many homes, lights are the first decorations pulled out of the holiday storage box, and the last to put away. Perfect for Christmas trees, garlands and wrapping around posts, string lights are inexpensive, easy to manipulate, and are nearly limitless in their uses. LED rope and LED tape lights offer a modern take on a classic look with the flexibility to twist and mold into letters and shapes to express your holiday cheer.

From elegant to eccentric, take a look at some of the magnificent things people are doing with holiday lights. Continue reading »

Nov 052014
 

Using Your Tablet or Smartphone in Bed Using Your Tablet or Smartphone in Bed May Be a Lousy Idea

The conclusion of Daylight Saving time this past weekend means the night comes a little earlier. Logic may tell you that the longer and darker evenings will make falling asleep easier. However, even though the nights are longer we are also using smartphones, tablets and HDTV’s more and more in the 21st Century, particularly at night. Some scientists believe that Mr. Sandman has a new nemesis – the little blue light in all of these new-fangled devices.

What It Is

Naturally occurring blue light, a short wavelength in the light spectrum, is abundant in sunshine and hugely beneficial during the day when the majority of people need to be awake and alert. It’s been said to boost mood and increase attention span by stimulating sensors in the eye that then send signals to our internal clock. It also suppresses melatonin — a hormone produced by humans that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles — more than any other light wave. In fact, blue light is so efficient at suppressing melatonin that it’s often used to treat seasonal sleep disorders by mimicking the naturally occurring light of the sun. Here is where the problem surfaces — modern devices like high definition televisions, smartphones and tablets are massive producers of blue light. This blue light wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythms — our internal “body clock” that regulates 24-hour cycles, approximately — by basically tricking our brains into thinking it’s still daytime. Continue reading »

Oct 312014
 

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For centuries man lit his night with an oil lamp that created only about 1/10th of a lumen per watt (a very small amount of light produced for the expenditure of a standard unit of energy). Then in the late 19th century the incandescent light bulb was invented and that eventually provided about 16 lumens per watt. In the late 1930s the fluorescent lamp became a reality and gave us an amazing average efficacy of about 70 lumens per watt. Now in the early 21st century still another revolutionary development is taking place – light emitting diodes (LEDs) are giving or will soon give us 300 lumens per watt. Think about the amount of change in the way we have lit our homes, offices, stores, factories, and streets in just the last 20-30 years. It is nothing short of astonishing and you can bet that more change is on the way in how we light the way we live. Continue reading »

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Oct 282014
 

bringthelight Bring the Light   Our Lights for Ghana Campaign

As a part of our 15-year celebration as Pegasus Lighting, we partnered in May with Unite to Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-cost solar lighting to global communities without electricity, and were humbled to learn just how much lighting is taken for granted. Recently, Mark and Valerie Malangko sent us a note of thanks along with heartwarming photos as the lights were handed out to the students at St. Augustine’s Secondary and Technical School, one by one.

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Oct 232014
 

Simple ways to 2 Simple Changes to Brighten Your Deck
You don’t have to spend a fortune or hire an electrician to make a dramatic difference in your outdoor lighting. If your deck needs an upgrade without breaking the bank, consider these budget-friendly ways to shine some light on your outdoor living area. 

Rail Lighting

Available in both solar or battery-powered options, these virtually maintenance-free LED’s are an easy and affordable way to add an attractive style to your deck. Look for photocell technology, which automatically turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn, extending the life of the batteries and giving you even more bang for your buck.

deck rail lights Simple Changes to Brighten Your Deck

With batteries lasting up to a year, these LED deck lights are an affordable way to illuminate your outdoor space.

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Oct 212014
 

With the evolution of energy-efficient LED lighting came an endless source of creative costume ideas. Small, cool & colorful lights now come in portable, battery-operated packages where the only thing stopping you is your imagination! This Halloween season, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite costume creations using a variety of light sources.

Mutant Cyborg Halloween Pumpkin

Part robot, part pumpkin, this crafty mutation is all ingenuity.

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Oct 162014
 

October Pop Culture Flashback! October 1999

For the past several months, we’ve been taking our readers down Memory Lane in a time-machine set to 1999. It’s been our way of celebrating the genesis of Pegasus Lighting, which was introduced to the digital world in that same year. Some memories are light while others weigh heavy on our hearts, but all of them are part of the heritage of this great nation that created the opportunity for a small business to shine.

1. The Yankees take the World Series (Again)

1 Yankees ball Pop Culture Flashback! October 1999

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The New York Yankees win the World Series for the second time in a row, this time in a four-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves.

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